Be More Aware of Motorcycles During Sturgis Rally

Claudine Rigal
Août 7, 2017

In response to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota, the Colorado Department of Transportation and Colorado State Patrol will ramp up DUI enforcement until August 14 to keep people safe from impaired drivers.

The Patrol says the man failed to negotiate a left-hand curve about 17 miles southwest of Spearfish, causing his 2008 Harley Davidson to slide off the roadway and down an embankment.

He was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at the scene.

In recent years, the most deadly rally was the 75th anniversary event in 2015, which drew a record 739,000 bikers.

State transportation officials are expecting between 500,000 and 600,000 bikers this year, and public safety officials are reminding bikers and other motorists to stay alert.

South Dakota Highway Safety Director Lee Axdahl urges drivers to use seat belts and common sense, and to follow the rules of the road. During this time, the rate of motorcycle related deaths increases but the states around Wyoming have banded together to create the Safe 2 Sturgis Campaign with a goal of having zero fatalities during the three week period before, during, and after Sturgis.

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